Manager leaves comfort zone to appreciate bigger picture
ALL businesses have many challenges to face along the way – especially when you start from scratch. Metro Tiles Airlie Beach managing director Rebecca Ross said her most challenging moment was deciding to leave behind her comfortable role as a stay-at-home mum and venture into the unknown.
It took about two years for her to gain the courage and believe in herself enough to think it could be done.
With the support of her husband, together they finally took the step and opened Metro Tiles Airlie Beach in November 2005, and although they are part of a franchise, a lot of everything they did to get to this day was completed by Mrs Ross and her husband.
Mrs Ross said she was so proud the day their doors opened, but also scared of what lay ahead.
“When we first opened our doors, many people said if you make it through the first two years you are doing well,” she said.
Ten years later and she admits it has been an extremely satisfying journey.
Metro Tiles Airlie Beach is proud to be part of a long-standing franchise that was first established in 1959.
The store has an extensive range of quality tiles , ranging from small mosaics to large floor and wall tiles in a variety of finishes – porcelain, glass, ceramic, natural and manufactured stone – suitable for any application, including internal, external, pools and landscaping.
Mrs Ross said the first years of being in business flew by.
“It took some hard work but in 2007 we passed our two years and before we knew it were celebrating five years in 2010, along with an award for Best Showroom North Queensland through the Australian Tile Council,” she said. Last year Mrs Ross was the recepient of the Business Champion for Airlie Beach and islands as part of the 2014 Whitsunday Women in Business Awards.
DEDICATED: Metro Tiles Airlie Beach managing director Rebecca Ross.